Press Release - December 19, 2007
Guild Wars Music to Be Featured at 'PLAY! A Video Game Symphony'
Music created by Jeremy Soule to be performed by touring orchestra.
Bellevue, WA., Dec. 21, 2007— ArenaNet® has announced that music from its Guild Wars® franchise of games will be performed as part of the "PLAY! A Video Game Symphony". This world-wide symphonic tour features music from a number of top videogames, including songs from Guild Wars. The tour kicks off in Fort Worth, Texas, on January 19, 2008.
The "PLAY! A Video Game Symphony" program will be performed by world-class orchestras and choirs in some of the most prestigious venues, including the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth and the Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington. Game images projected on large screens above the orchestra accompany the scores, highlighting memorable moments from the video games and enhancing the entire experience.
Guild Wars has been praised for its rich soundtracks created by renowned video-game music composer Jeremy Soule and co-composer Julian Soule. The Soule brothers have created music for the entire Guild Wars franchise including the original Guild Wars, as well as the FactionsTM and NightfallTM campaigns. The music of Guild Wars is also featured on CD in special edition retail packages for each campaign.
"We always felt the work Jeremy and Julian did on the Guild Wars soundtracks was one of the best features of the game," said Jeff Strain, co-founder of ArenaNet. "We're incredibly happy their music has been included in the PLAY! Tour, so that even more people can enjoy the music that millions of Guild Wars players have grown to love."
"Guild Wars brings a worldwide audience to our world tour, which is an exciting prospect for us," added Jason Michael Paul, producer and creator of the PLAY! tour. "Guild Wars certainly has one of the most compelling and exciting music scores, which will be a great addition to our concert program."
The Guild Wars franchise has sold more than 4.5 million units since the release of the original Guild Wars campaign in 2005, making it one of the most popular online role-playing games of all time.
For more information on the Guild Wars franchise, go to: www.guildwars.com. The award-winning Guild Wars campaigns can be purchased from retailers or downloaded from the PlayNC store at https://secure.plaync.com/cgi-bin/Store.pl.
For more information on "PLAY! A Video Game Symphony", including tickets and details on the entire tour, go to www.play-symphony.com.
ArenaNet, located in Bellevue, Washington, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NCsoft Corporation. ArenaNet has built a state-of-the-art interactive game network and develops premier multiplayer online games for dedicated game players. ArenaNet's titles, Guild Wars, Guild Wars Factions®, Guild Wars Nightfall® and Guild Wars: Eye of the NorthTM are global online roleplaying games that allow gamers to play with anyone, anytime, and anywhere in the world. More information about ArenaNet can be found at www.arena.net.
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